Spain court calls Ronaldo to testify in $16mn tax fraud case

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho guided Real Madrid to the 2011-12 LaLiga title, returning to manage Chelsea after leaving the Bernabeu in June 2013 before taking over as Manchester United boss last summer.

On Tuesday, Ronaldo was told to appear in court on July 31, while Mourinho was accused by a state prosecutor of defrauding Spain's Tax Office of 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million).

Ronaldo in connection with allegations of tax evasion in the amount of 14.7 million euros was determined to leave real Madrid and go from Spain.

Team president Florentino Perez made it clear that the circulating rumors are just that - rumors - and that the club isn't interested in moving its biggest attraction elsewhere.

The question of Ronaldo using tactics to get the club to pay for a possible fine makes no sense because he is not like that. A claim for the money has been presented at a local court, reports the Daily Mail.

Spanish prosecutors released a statement on Tuesday indicating that the 54-year-old used shell companies in the Virgin Islands and Ireland to hide profits.

"From now on it will be the judge in charge of the case who will take the necessary steps to determine the possible responsibilities of Mr Mourinho".

Those include Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho and shares the same agent as him.

Manchester United boss Mourinho managed Varane during his time at Real Madrid, helping transform the France worldwide into one of the world's best defenders.

However, Perez said that he had not spoken to Ronaldo, who is on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, which ends on July 2.

Gestifute, a Portuguese-based soccer agency which represents Mourinho and Ronaldo, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. He also won the Champions League twice with Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010).

Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina global midfielder Angel Di Maria have been handed a suspended one-year prison sentence after admitting to tax fraud charges.

Di Maria admitted to two counts of fraud, which hold six-month sentences each, but will not face any jail time.

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